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I Cannot Fly, Oh Why?

by David Pekrul
copyright 07-07-2006

Age Rating: 7 +

A little bird who could not fly,
Once asked his mother, “Why, oh Why?
When other birds are soaring high,
I cannot fly, although I try.”

“I run along the ground so fast,
I flap my wings, so that at last,
I’ll climb into the sky above,
And soar on wings, just like a dove.”

“But I just stay upon the ground,
Instead of flying heaven-bound,
And watch the others pass me by,
I cannot fly, oh why, oh why?”

His mother looked on him with love,
And said, “My son, you’re not a dove,
“You’re just a penguin on the ice,
But in itself, that should suffice.”

“For when you dive into the sea,
You are the penguin you should be,
You fly along through ebb and flow,
You are a bird down here below.”

And as he thought of what she said,
No longer had he any dread,
Of never flying in the sky,
No longer asking, “Why, oh why?”

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        08-24-2006     Brian Dickenson        

I don't know how I missed this the first time around, but I'm glad that you featured it.
It made me smile. However, I do find a lesson in this, not surprising considering who wrote
It's a lesson we would all do well to take on board.

        07-19-2006     Deborah Thomas        

My first smile of the day! A mystery with a happy ending. I wonder what thought provoked this prose?
We should all look to our own special gifts.. not long for those of others. I see that in the end the penguin's talent was more than merely flying through the air, as he had longed for.
A five indeed!

        07-08-2006     Jessica Peters        

This is really cute I love it! Ummmmmmmmmm yeah! It's worth a five definetely...(I hope I spelled that right)!Anyway, yeah it was really good I love it!

        07-07-2006     BJ Niktabe        

That is so cute! I love your ability to write on any subject. I'm working on that myself, and like to look at your work for inspiration.
I love this little penguin. I can picture him looking up to his mom with big sad eyes. It's really cool! Rhyme and rhythm is flawless.

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